March 12, 2018 Thinking of “raw water”? Here’s why drinking from a spring may not be wise.

Some bottlers of untreated spring water trumpet its health benefits, but local experts are urging skepticism before drinking from a spring or joining the “raw water” craze.

A recent New York Times article examined the “raw water” movement. Mughande Singh, founder of Oregon spring water distributor Live Water, says that treated tap water contains contaminants, and kills out beneficial bacteria. The Live Water website extols the benefits of the company’s spring water: It is “rich in electrolytes,” promotes “probiotic” bacteria beneficial to good gut health, and activates the immune system, among other benefits.

The trend prompted the Durham County Board of Health to request a presentation about raw water, which it received last week. “When I started doing research, I was more concerned about what was going on locally,” said J. Christopher Salter, director for environmental health for Durham County, who gave the presentation. “I have not found any evidence here of anyone selling raw spring water,” Salter said. “I don’t see it as a local problem.”

The raw water movement is not new, but has received more attention recently because of companies like Live Water bottling it for commercial sale, Slater’s presentation states. Water from springs and wells is technically raw water, he said. For springs whose water comes from a “sufficiently deep source,” contaminants can come from the surface, or groundwater close to the surface, according to the presentation.

Rules differ among counties in North Carolina, but in Durham any well has to receive a permit, Salter said. Contaminants can enter the surface of the aquifer from a cracked well head, Salter said. Any well owner who wants to test their water may contact the Durham County Health Department. For a fee, the county will test for contaminants. The county can test locally for bacterial contaminants, but sends off samples for tests for copper and other inorganics, he said.

Some spring water companies offer assurances of safety. “Our water is so naturally pure it exceeds every Federal and State guideline for drinking water straight from the ground.” states the website of Tourmaline Spring, a Maine company with a long history of selling spring water. Live Water posted this safety notice on its site: “Once a year we conduct the most comprehensive third party lab test available. Our tests have never shown any industrial age contamination or potentially harmful components,” the website states. Their spring also is covered to prevent animal contamination, the website states.

The federal Food and Drug Administration requires that water sold for interstate commerce must be safe, “truthfully labeled,” and meet regulations for bottled water, stated Peter Cassell, FDA press officer, in an email. The FDA regulations for bottled water include testing of the water source, bottling under sanitary conditions, and keeping it safe “from bacteria, chemicals and other contaminants.” The FDA also requires “quality control processes to ensure the bacteriological and chemical safety of the water.”

The North Carolina Food Code Manual requires that bottled water must meet FDA standards.

Bottled spring water will cost you. Four, 2.5-gallon jugs from Live Water costs $16 per jug (or $64), according to the website. A case of Tourmaline (12, 1-liter bottles) costs $35.95, the website states.

North Carolina’s Division of Public Health does not monitor raw water for private consumption or sale, stated Kelly Haight, press officer for the N.C. Department of Health and Human services. “Raw water is prohibited for use in our regulated facilities, however. Raw water can contain contaminants like arsenic, lead, bacteria and viruses that can cause health problems,” Haight stated.

Drinking treated water from a public water supply or water from a properly protected and periodically tested well, is the safest option. Haight said.

Even though the raw water craze does not appear to have reached Durham, but food safety experts say potential buyers should be wary. Janice Roberts, an N.C. agricultural extension agent specializing in Family and Consumer Sciences for Richmond County, said she has not been asked about raw water. But a question about raw milk from two family members during the holidays prompted her to write a blog post, “The Truth About Raw Nutrition.”

In the post, Roberts writes, “Going against the science of pasteurization and treated water is as good an idea as eating Tide pods.” There is a belief that raw milk, which Roberts said is illegal to sell for consumption in North Carolina, has more nutrients than pasteurized milk. While pasteurization does get rid of some good bacteria, it also gets rid of the bad — the reason pasteurization began. “People think there’s a benefit [in raw foods] that the government is keeping from them,” Roberts said.

Salter says anyone wanting to test the benefits of raw water should beware. “I wouldn’t recommend that somebody have someone pull their spring water and have it put in a jug for drinking,” he said.

Cliff Bellamy; 919-419-6744, @CliffBellamy1

Going vegan-ish isn’t always good, but it’s not always bad | Food

Going vegan-ish isn’t always good, but it’s not always bad

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation…” So the story of Genesis goes. He created the land and saw that it was good, the oceans and seas and those were good, and so on.

But when it came to vegetation, I think God got a taste of collard greens and said, “This ain’t too good.”

That’s when he decided to create the creatures, pigs specifically, so when he put people on the land to have dominion over the critters, they would have something to cook with those collards.

And so there was bacon and soul food, and the folks said, “God, this is good.”

Collards in soul food are great, but raw collard greens are the absolute worst in my novitiate vegan-ish opinion.

Just two weeks into my quest to beat a rare form of rheumatism by, in part, adjusting my diet from hunter meat-eater to a hunter vegan-ish eater who has meat occasionally, I’ve experienced enough to know this diet change is not just a matter of menu but lifestyle change and a definite adjustment of the palate.

Collard greens are just fine cooked, but raw? Nope, I’m sorry. In a recipe that called for them finely ground, they came out of my food processor like wet grass from under my lawn mower and were just about as tasty.

I will allow that perhaps my distaste for collards is a matter of a palate that can be conditioned, maybe.

That said, I have discovered the recipes in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s first book on the “Super Immunity” offers plenty of good things to eat, in terms of recipes and a general philosophy of maximizing nutrition per calorie consumed. I’ve not felt deprived or hungry and managed already to drop more than a few pounds.

I have not followed his daily menu plans to the letter. That would have been too ambitious for a novice like me. I did well just to learn about the ingredients, figure out where to buy them and supplement with fruits, raw vegetables and bean dip, or a whole-wheat pita with raw almond butter or cashew butter (no salt) when I thought I might be a little short on caloric intake.

I’ve punched recipes into the Lose It app to make sure I’m not starving myself.

One of the first of many phone calls that came after the first blog ran in the newspaper (and thank you all for sharing your own stories, offering advice, and well-wishes — I was touched) was an old friend who cautioned that I not go overboard and limit myself to some hare-brained diet that had me starving myself and “eating a stick of broccoli for breakfast.”

Happily, this vegan-ish diet is not like that at all. I should note that Fuhrman’s publicist offered that he uses the term “nutritarian” to emphasize his nutrients-per-calorie philosophy.

It just happens that most of the recipes in his first book are vegan-based — with some nonvegan options offered. The publicist is mailing a Fuhrman cookbook to me.

People ask if I miss hamburgers, crave steak, subs, pizza, French fries, and the answers so far are “nope.” But I do miss salt.

The new diet is a low-salt diet. A little extra sprinkle of salt here and there is OK — emphasis on little. I look back now and realize I ate too much of it. Salting my food was a habit much as anything.

At a small-town café after an end-of-season duck hunt, the orders around the table included chicken-fried steak and mashed potatoes, fried chicken with mashed potatoes, two cheeseburgers with fries, and one all-you-can-eat salad bar.

Guess which guy I was.

The idea of a salad with a splash of a flavored vinegar — balsamic, rice wine, red wine, etc. — and some citrus juice is growing on me. I don’t need ranch dressing and a load of salt.

I make salads of lettuce and/or spinach and mixed veggies. I section an orange or grapefruit over the top and let the juices run, add some chopped nuts, ground flax, hemp or chia seeds, a splash of vinegar, toss and you have lunch. Pretty simple.

Trust me, when I went to the store two weeks ago and saw goji berries, hemp and chia seeds on my list, I had absolutely no idea where to start looking.

Chia seeds?! What was I going to do with “cha-cha-cha chia seeds?” Soak ‘em overnight smear them in my wrinkles and grow a salad ‘round my middle like human Chia Pet?

Probably the healthiest addition and change to my lifestyle is rising to a good breakfast instead of a cup of coffee and a doughnut, fast-food breakfast sandwich, or just the coffee. Fruit smoothies, oatmeal, rice pudding, usually it’s something that includes a lot blue or red fruits—gotta have those antioxidants. Adding fresh fruits and nuts makes a better bowl of oatmeal than adding sugar and/or half-and-half, that’s a health food no-brainer.

It’s not all bad. It does take a little more time and planning, but I’m getting there. There’s always a banana, a whole-wheat pita and some almond butter handy.

I truly enjoyed a couple bowls of Fuhrman’s tomato bisque soup recipe this week and thought I’d share it as a favorite. Like most of the recipes, there is an ingredient or two that made me think, “Really?” Carrot juice and cashews raised the eyebrows on this one.

I think the smartest thing I did was to splurge for fresh carrot juice from the juice bar at Whole Foods instead of the bottled stuff. I don’t own a juicer, but the carrot juice was a main ingredient so I thought fresh would be best.

Kitchen equipment-wise, I did use a NutriBullet to process the nuts into the soup and a high-speed blender to puree the rest. If you don’t have something like a NutriBullet, I’d use raw cashew butter instead of raw nuts. I also couldn’t find a dried-tomato-based no-salt seasoning mix but used an all-purpose blend and it seemed to be fine.

It was warm and flavorful and a nice start for dinner on a cold day and, thank God, it didn’t involve collard greens.


Serves 4

3 cups carrot juice

1 ½ pounds chopped fresh tomatoes or 1 (28-oz) can no-salt-added or low-sodium who tomatoes (San Marzano variety, if possible)

¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

1 leek, split lengthwise and separated to wash well, chopped

1 large shallot, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 tablespoons Dr. Fuhrmans MatoZest or other no-salt seasoning mix with dried tomatoes, adjusted to taste.

1 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled

1 small bay leaf

½ cup raw cashews or ¼ cup raw cashew butter

¼ cup chopped fresh basil

5 ounces baby spinach

1. In a large saucepan, add all ingredients except the cashews, basil, and spinach. Simmer for 30 minutes.

2. Discard the bay leaf. Remove 2 cups of the vegetables with a slotted spoon and set aside. Puree the remaining soup with the cashews in a food processor or high-powered blender until smooth.

3. Return the pureed soup along with the reserved vegetables to the pot. Stir in the basil and spinach and continue simmering for another few minutes, until the spinach is wilted.

Excerpted from SUPER IMMUNITY by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Copyright 2011

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3/9/2018 10:56:35 PM Central Standard Time

Higher prices at the grocery store? Food inflation is rising after two years of declines | Money

Grocery stores would love to raise prices on food this year, especially after they lowered them last year and the year before in a price war that pinched their profits.

Prices are rising for the raw materials that go into packaged food — for ingredients like grains and meats — so it’s costing grocers more to buy food from manufacturers.

But grocers are likely to be cautious passing those price increases onto shoppers. There’s just too much competition out there.

“Everybody’s afraid to raise prices and have a customer notice it,” said Mike Schwartz, owner of longtime Omaha retailer Wohlner’s Neighborhood Grocery and Deli at 33rd and Dodge Streets.

Across the country, grocery shoppers will see a small bump in their tape totals at the checkout line: a rise in food prices between 0.5 percent and 1.5 percent, according to estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which tracks prices.

Even though prices are ticking up, they’re rising more slowly than the 2.1 percent average annual increase seen over the past 20 years.

Still, the fact that prices will rise this year is a shift after the nation saw grocery prices drop in 2016 for the first time in 50 years, followed by another, smaller drop last year.

Fruit, dairy products and poultry will rise the most around the country this year, up to 5 percent for fruit. Pork and sweets won’t see much change, and the cost of fats and oils will fall.

Some retailers raise prices; others are going the other way.

Walmart and Baker’s operator Kroger both said they will lower prices because of savings expected from the new federal tax law. Kroger said it’s necessary to keep prices low to keep building total sales, although lower prices took a toll on the company’s profit margins in the most recent quarter, the company reported Thursday, sending its shares down.

Family Fare operator SpartanNash told investors in February that it’s seeing rising inflation, and that its retail sales are challenged by “extremely competitive pricing” in cities where it operates.

Omaha retailer Phil’s Foodway, at 3030 Ames St., said it will dramatically lower prices this year in a new concept called cost-plus, in an attempted end run around competitors Aldi and Walmart. The concept is starting to take hold elsewhere in the United States.

Des Moines-based HyVee declined to comment for this story.

So even though some grocers say they’re not going to increase prices — or say they will lower them despite the increases in raw materials — the USDA says prices will indeed tick higher for most shoppers, on average. And that could lead some to feel a pinch in their budgets.

An increase would especially affect lower-income people whose food costs represent a far bigger portion of their household income than middle class and wealthy people’s. Food stamps, for instance, won’t go as far, said Jayson Lusk, professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University.

Susan Ogborn, of the Food Bank for the Heartland, said “It’s going to be a problem” for those families.

Omahans are being hit hard by rising housing costs, she said, and may have to trade fresh produce for less healthy options at the grocery store if their income doesn’t stretch as far.

Omaha resident Stacie Pluta, who works at a dog day care, watches her dimes when shopping for her family, including herself; her husband, who is a pressman at a packaging company; and five children, one of whom is away at college.

Her grocery budget of about $80 a week doesn’t go far, she said. The family eats a lot of pasta, rice and chicken, and not much fresh produce. Any increase at the store would mean “we’d have less to eat,” she said.

Pluta shops sales and knows what she can afford to pay for a gallon of milk or a pound of chicken. She said that fortunately, she hasn’t noticed an increase in prices this year.

Jon Hauptman, senior director of Chicago-area research firm Willard Bishop, said with raw-ingredient inflation, “the challenge is that supermarkets cannot pass this on to shoppers because of the increasingly competitive retail environment.” Shoppers like Pluta will take their money somewhere else.

Instead, Hauptman said, “retailers are going to have to change the mix of products that they’re selling to shoppers.”

That means making money selling higher-value items like prepared food, meal kits and gourmet ingredients. Walmart said last week that it would start selling its meal kits in many more of its stores, at a price of $8 to $15 for a meal for two.

So whether shoppers will pay more this year depends on where they shop, what they buy and how much effort they’re able to put into cooking from scratch.

Branded food will cost more in many cases: Conagra Brands, the maker of Healthy Choice and Reddi-wip, said this winter that inflation, including in the cost of transportation, drove up the cost of doing business, but that it is able to charge more for its food because it has been improving ingredients and strengthening its brands to command higher prices.

Other companies have cited the rising costs of energy, trucking and labor as playing a part in driving up prices for the items they sell to grocers.

Food service supplier Sysco and Green Giant maker B&G Foods noted inflation is driving up their costs.

Tyson Foods said the rising cost of freight will add $200 million to its expenses this year. Labor costs are also rising. Chief Executive Officer Tom Hayes said the company will be able to recover those costs by pricing its food higher.

“Ultimately, the consumer is going to pay for it,” he told stock analysts in February.

Kitty has lots of love for the right person or family – Rockland – Camden – Knox – Courier-Gazette

Our pet pick of the week is Kitty. This very handsome 6-year-old boy came to the shelter with fellow feline Big Kitty, when their owner was displaced. They are both looking for a new home, but need not go together. Kitty is quite the love bug. If you are looking for a constant companion who loves to show his affection by giving lots of head-bumps and kisses, you should come meet him. He is as sweet as can be and definitely wants to be a part of anything you are doing. Kitty is an inside-only cat who is litter-box trained. He is fine around kids, other cats and even a well behaved dog. Sounds like he is the perfect family cat. Are you the perfect family for him? Stop by and find out.

Ever wonder what all those ingredients and percentages mean on your pet’s bag of food? What is crude protein and does it matter? How about chicken by-product meal? Is that what I want to be feeding my pet? Should I be feeding them a raw diet? So many questions. Well, we have some answers. Actually, Heidi Neal of Loyal Biscuit does, and she will be joining us this Sunday, March 11, at 1 p.m. as part of our Winter Talk Series. She will explore how to read labels, what to look for, what to stay away from, and more tips for your pet’s diet. Learn how to help your animals not just survive, but thrive, with proper nutrition!

Spring is just around the corner and we’re starting to see signs of a busy upcoming kitten season with a couple of pregnant moms already at the shelter. We are looking for foster homes to care for pregnant cats and litters of kittens until they are ready for adoption. If you are interested in this highly rewarding and crucial volunteer experience, contact Kelly or Denise at 594-2200. Can’t foster but want to help? We can use donations of milk replacement formula, nursing bottles, kitty litter, toys and kitten chow.

We have Flagship Cinema coupon booklets in stock, chockful of amazing coupons for the movie lover in your life. For just $25: Free tickets, BOGO tickets, $5 snack combos and more. Stop in and pick up your booklet today.

Wish list: Toilet paper, Zip-loc bags (gallon), sponges, wet dog food, wet cat food (poultry pate style), Guinea pig food, 6-inch paper plates, large and kitchen garbage bags, and gift certificates to Walmart, Staples, Amazon. Thanks for your support.

Eucalyptus is one of the many felines at the shelter hoping for a home of their own.
(Courtesy of: Pope Memorial Humane Society of Knox County)

Barehands used on ready-to-eat food, dirty kitchens and raw eggs –

Inspectors gave nearly two dozen establishments perfect scores this week. But with the good comes the not-so-good, and there were a few places that face some challenges to their food handling techniques and procedures.

The China Cafeteria, 511 Market Street, earned a score of 79 for reasons including a cell phone on prep table, eggs stored above ready-to-eat produce, non-food contact surfaces dirty, owner not able to demonstrate enough food safety knowledge, hand sink blocked, employees making bare hand contact with ready-to-eat food, no toilet paper in restrooms.

The Hungry House at 4427 Highway 58 also scored a 79 for dirty rags sitting on floor, fan covered in dust in kitchen, lack of food safety knowledge, non-food contact surfaces dirty, hand sink blocked, floors, walls and ceilings in poor repair. Corrected to 96.

At the Jenkins Buffet, 4122 Ringgold Road, inspectors gave an 85 for reasons including utensils not properly dried and stored, wiping cloths not stored correctly, dirty kitchen surfaces, improper date marking on food. Corrected to 90.

The McDonald’s, 2003 Dayton Blvd. received a score of 85 for several non-food contact surfaces dirty, several food handlers not washing hands after handling dirty towels and utensils and cleaning supplies, dirty floor throughout kitchen, inside drain of dishwasher dirty.

At El Monterrey Mexican, 531 Signal Mountain Road, a score of 85 for ice build-up on shelves in walk-in freezer, wet containers stacked in storage, server hand sink lacked paper towels.

At Harrison Elementary 5637 Highway 58, inspectors gave them an 87 for floors, walls and ceilings in poor repair in most rooms, some large holes that need sealant, doors rusted that need to be sealed, chipping paint, large amount of trash between dumpster and playground fence that needs to be removed, various lights missing covers.

Other Hamilton County restaurants

  • 86 Logan’s Roadhouse 3592 Cummings Highway
  • 89 Best of China 4340 Ringgold Road
  • 90 Southside Saloon & Bistro 1301 Chestnut Street
  • 92 Asia Cafe 5210 Brainerd Road
  • 93 Kentucky Fried Chicken 2501 S. Broad Street
  • 95 Chubby’s BBQ 3801 Rossville Blvd.
  • 95 Burger King 6404 Ringgold Road
  • 96 Sweeney’s Bar-B-Que 5928 Highway 58
  • 97 Guthrie’s 1235 Taft Highway
  • 97 Olive Garden 5525 Highway 153
  • 97 Chopstix 6903 Lee Highway
  • 98 Fiesta Mexicana 4020 Hixson Pike
  • 98 Zaxby’s 9342 Springfield Road
  • 98 Glen Gene Deli 5748 Highway 153
  • 98 McDonald’s 6401 Ringgold Road
  • 98 Choo Choo BBQ 3951 Ringgold Road
  • 99 Thai Spice 5910 Reagen Lane
  • 99 Subway 9413 Apison Pike
  • 99 Wildflower Tea Shop 1423 Market Street
  • 99 Buffalo Wild Wings 120 Market Street
  • 100 Red Robin 2100 Hamilton Place Blvd.
  • 100 Happy Cakes 2040 Hamilton Place Blvd.
  • 100 Bojangle’s 9375 Dayton Pike
  • 100 Domino’s 9323 Apison Pike
  • 100 Choo Choo BBQ 6410 Hixson Pike

Hamilton County hotels

  • 100 Holiday Inn Express 4820 Hixson Pike

Hamilton County tattoos/body piercing

  • 100 Main Line Ink 317 E. Main Street

Hamilton County school facilities

  • 89 Orchard Knob Elementary 2000 E. 3rd Street
  • 93 Normal Park Elementary 1009 N. Mississippi Avenue
  • 94 Alpine Crest Elementary 4700 Stagg Road
  • 99 Battle Academy 1601 Main Street
  • 100 STEM 4501 Amnicola Highway
  • 100 East Brainerd Elementary 7660 Goodwin Road

Hamilton County school cafeterias

  • 92 Normal Park Elementary 1009 N. Mississippi Avenue
  • 93 Sequoyah Vocational School 9517 W. Ridgetrail Road
  • 93 Daisy Elementary School 620 Sequoyah Road
  • 98 Harrison Elementary 5637 Highway 58
  • 98 Soddy Daisy High School 618 Sequoyah Access Road
  • 99 Orchard Knob Elementary 2000 E. 3rd Street
  • 97 Alpine Crest Elementary 4700 Stagg Road
  • 100 Battle Academy 1601 Main Street
  • 100 STEM School 4501 Amnicola Highway
  • 100 East Brainerd Elementary 7660 Goodwin Road

Catoosa County

  • 100 AMC (Battlefield 10), 1099 Battlefield Pkwy, Ft. Oglethorpe
  • 100 American Legion, 5956 41 Hwy, Ringgold
  • 100 BBQ Shack, 2936 LaFayette Rd., Ft. Oglethorpe
  • 100 Boyton Elementary School, 3938 Boyton Dr., Ringgold
  • 100 Cloud Springs Deli, Cloud Springs Rd., Ringgold
  • 91 Cracker Barrel, 50 Biscuit Way, Ringgold
  • 99 KOBE, 2603 Battlefield Pkwy, Ft. Oglethorpe
  • 100 Lakeview Ft. Oglethorpe High School, 1001 Battlefield Pkwy, Ft. Oglethorpe
  • 100 Tiger Creek Elementary School, 134 Rhea McClanahan Dr. Ringgold

Dade County – None

Murray County – None

Walker County

  • 100 Lafayette High School, Round Pond Rd., LaFayette
  • 97 Lafyette Middle School, 419 Roadrunner Blvd., LaFayette
  • 97 Lifestyle Cuisine, 67 Sanford Ln., Flintstone
  • 100 N LaFayette Elementary School, 610 N Duke St., LaFayette
  • 100 Ridgeland High School, 2478 Happy Valley Rd., Rossville
  • 91 Rock Spring Elementary, 375 Hwy 95, Rock Spring
  • 100 Saddle Ridge Elem/Middle, 9858 N Hwy 27, Rock Spring
  • 93 Toki Sushi Inc., 116 W LaFayette Sq, LaFayette

Whitfield County

  • 95 Burger King #821, 1512 W Walnut Ave, Dalton
  • 91 IHop #4401, 1510 W Walnut Ave, Dalton
  • 91 Schlotzskey’s Deli, 1325 W Walnut Ave, Dalton
  • 92 Shoney’s #1249, 1302 W Walnut Ave, Dalton

Muay Thai Fighter Opens Raw Vegan Dessert Shop in NYC

Vegan chef Watt Sriboonruang has opened an all-vegan, raw dessert shop in New York.

Rawsome Treats is now open at 158 Orchard Street in Manhattan, selling a variety of plant-based pies, cakes, and other treats.

Sriboonruang previously contended in Muay Thai, and said that her raw plant-based diet helped her train for her fights.

“Not only did Watt double her energy through this regimen, she was also able to remain satiated and healthy while the pounds melted off effortlessly – enough for her to compete in a lower weight division,” according to Rawsome Treats’ website. “Since then, she has adhered to a raw plant-based diet and lifestyle, and encourages others around her to achieve healthiness and fulfillment through the same path.”

Rawsome Treats’ menu includes the “Berry Bomb” chocolate truffles made with coconut flakes and mixed nuts ($18), a “MatchaMisu” tiramisu-style dessert with matcha green tea flavors ($55), and a “Black Sesame” treat with roasted black sesame seeds and a shortbread crust ($50).

Just look at all the delicious-looking treats they post on Instagram!

Rawsome Treats/Instagram

Make Your Own Raw Treats!

Even if you can’t make it to NYC to try Sriboonruang’s delicious raw treats, you can still enjoy plant-based desserts at home.

Here are some recipes from the Food Monster App for you to try out!

Raw Blueberry Beet Cheesecake

Beets and berries give Buffy-Ellen Gill’s Raw Blueberry Beet Cheesecake its gorgeous shades of purple. It’s lighter than most cheesecakes, so be sure to go in for seconds!

Raw Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes

These no-bake Raw Vegan Carrot Cake Cupcakes from Gena Hamshaw are the perfect thing for a party or event. Get all the great health benefits of carrots while you’re having a sweet treat!

Raw Double Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake

Kristen Suzanne’s Raw Double Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake uses raw cacao for a decadent chocolate flavor. Cherry extract brings a subtle fruit sweetness to this no-bake dessert.

Looking for more raw food ideas like Lighten Up Your Favorite Foods With These 15 Raw Comfort Food Recipes? Try downloading the Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day.

Lead Image Source: Rawsome Treats

Don’t feed your pets raw meat, study says

Paris, France  – Raw meat, touted by some as an easily-digestible, nutrient-filled superfood for domestic dogs and cats, may put not only your pet at risk, but your own health too, researchers warned.

A survey of frozen, raw meat products sold at pet stores and supermarkets in the Netherlands, where more than half of dog owners buy such items, revealed worrying levels of bacteria and parasites, a Dutch team reported in the journal Vet Record last month.

The pathogens included bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria, which can cause mild to severe infections, and the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which causes toxoplasmosis with brain and eye damage in rare human cases.

“It is clear that commercial RMBDs (raw meat-based diets) may be contaminated with a variety of zoonotic bacterial and parasitic pathogens,” the authors of the study wrote.

Such pathogens could sicken animals, but pose an even bigger threat to humans who handle the raw food or come into close contact with infected animals licking their face or hands.

It also endangers livestock farming through the shedding of ingested bacteria and parasites into the natural environment, and could spread any antibiotic-resistant germs present in the raw food.

Of 35 commercial raw-meat foods from eight brands that were analysed for the study, eight (23 percent) had traces of an E.coli type dangerous to humans, while almost half tested positive for Listeria and one in five for Salmonella.

Two products were infected with T. gondii.

“This is in contrast with dry, semi-moist and canned pet food, which is rarely contaminated with pathogens,” the research team wrote.

“It is important to encourage awareness of the possible risks associated with feeding RMBDs to companion animals, and pet owners should be educated about personal hygiene and proper handling of RMBDs,” said the paper.

It also called for warnings and handling instructions on product labels and packaging.

The touted benefits of raw meat diets for dogs and cats “are not backed by evidence,” the authors added.

Besides the risk of germ infestation, many fear that raw meat-based diets do not provide all the nutrients our animal friends require.

Animals stolen from a Florida animal sanctuary

Thirteen 30 PM SS. Feed into the morning Steve Macintosh Tim Woodward forty degrees right now. A derby high school student was arrested after a weapon was found on school property. Can’t send news reports that school officials received a tip about a possible weapon in the possession of the student. The student identified in the tip was immediately questioned and a handgun was turned over to the school as sorrow without incident. School issued a statement saying that there was no threat made to staff or students Dan O’Neill OK and SS news. Several citizens have requested time to speak before the Wichita City Council today on the topic of the police department’s use of deadly force. This has been a regular feature of the meetings over the past few weeks mayor Jeff Longwell tells K and SS news. Don’t we open it up if people are form these are supposed to have spoken multiple times now on their government back war. Round Korean or so it spine lol. Our reserve respectful will give them an opportunity then chair whatsoever on their mind. Long Will commented during Monday’s with the mayor on the Steve into the morning show here on Kay yen as ash. Police arrested a man after an attempted highway robbery Sunday afternoon in northwest Wichita office Charlie Davidson. Says the 71 year old woman was walking alongside her husband who was in a motorized scooter. They were south of central and zoo boulevard. A suspect ran up trying to remove the person from the woman’s shoulder. The victims struggled with the suspect. And a car passing by. All what was occurring on its horn at the suspect and advised there we’re gonna notified police. The suspect and fled on foot. And an officer arriving on a call located the suspect in the yard of a residence in the 600 block or shared and. Suspect struggled with a police officer in the yard 66 year old man inside the house came out and help the officer subdue the suspect. A 47 year old man was booked into jail for attempted robbery and resisting arrest. Kansas senate committee has approved a bill that would make it a felony for fugitives and domestic abusers to possess firearms. Supporters say a state law would allow offenders to be prosecuted in state courts instead of relying on federal courts which are sometimes too busy to handle such cases. In addition to fugitives ended domestic and domestic abusers. The bill also makes it a felony for an undocumented immigrant to have a firearm. Forty county authorities charging an eighteen year old man with first degree murder after woman was shot to death in Dodge City. Boston coal Boswell was charged Monday in the death of 27 year old Sean tell rose wink Laura Powell. Ford county sheriff’s office received a report of the shootings Sunday morning at a motel in Dodge City downwind cooler dead at a single gunshot wound to the head. Florida’s state senate has passed what’s called the men of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school public safety act. It would create new restrictions on rifle sales and allow some teachers to carry guns in schools. Fox’s Phil Keating has more. For the first time in decades the bill includes restricting Floridians is access to guns. It now goes to the house and a Friday deadline to get it passed and sent to the governor. Key points in the senate bill raising the minimum age to purchase rivals and shotguns from eighteen to 21 as the law is for handguns. Adding a three day waiting period for a long gun purchases as well. Increasing funding for school safety measures like armed officers at schools. Creating a school marshals program for teachers to have guns in the classroom if there’s school districts want to. And not included despite the please apartment parents and assault weapons ban. Seventeen people were killed on Valentine’s Day when accused gunman Nicholas crews opened fire inside that school. More raw pet food is being recalled. Protesters took to the street and according to capitol police they arrested. Yeah. We’ve seen at least eight rod types of pet food recalled so far this year the latest Steve’s real food Turkey canine recipe. And blue ridge these kitten grind. Some lots of Steve’s contaminated with Salmonella. So lots of blue ridge beef contaminated with Salmonella and listeria. Two kittens reported dead after reading it. The debate rages on over raw food proponents say it’s the best thing for dogs and cats. But the American Veterinary Medical Association advises against it. And it Dutch research team looked at 35 kinds of raw food and found more than half were contaminated with some level of Salmonella. Until NATO Fox News now look at the. Forecast with gay and assist staff meteorologist Dan holidays good morning Dan. Good morning we have a strong area of low pressure in northwestern Iowa that’s what’s responsible for the strong gusty winds throughout today are high 51 and some wind gust up to fifty miles per hour and of course a red flag warning has been posted for fire danger of clear and breezy tonight are Lou 26. Sunny and fifty on Wednesday afternoon. I’m KM SS meteorologist Dan Holliday now partly cloudy forty degrees and we have a west wind gusting to. 29 miles per hour 634 now Stevenson in the morning on Kate in SS it’s march 6 2018 don’t know on this date in 1981. The Walter Cronkite gave his final broadcast. As anchor for the CBS evening news I remember watching that Walter Cronkite who is. Easily be the top anchor back in the sixties and seventies. Then there was there were some of the other bankers were good at the other. Networks that Walter was again now Walter held a special place he had the he had the demeanor of somebody’s. Loving uncle. And Andy and saint I’m had the authority to. Image if people believed everything he said at one time he was voted the most believable man in America. Ahead of all the presidents and or body holes. All right so that was on this date in 1980 when you’re into it and it probably wouldn’t hire a guy like Walter he’s not handsome and well it’ll hearing in front and it got bush Yarborough. Now they hired these muscles are very photogenic can look like they could be models yeah now. I have a liar a guy like Walter Cronkite today in English your TV network and eight in Arizona team says she was denied service at a Starbucks drive through. After she tried to order a proper cheater while she was riding a ports. A Starbucks and anthem Arizona recently told Aspen incline it wouldn’t serve her when she and her horse scout. Galloped to the bright true. Plankton is leveraged a didn’t give a reason and only said the store would not take her order. Teen says she also had planned to give her horse some cream. 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Some things to consider about raw-food diet for pets – Entertainment & Life – Northwest Florida Daily News

Dear Readers,

One topic I have not really wanted to weigh in on is the raw-food diet controversy.

Proponents of feeding a raw diet and those who are against it are as far apart ideologically as Western Europe and Australia are geographically. But recent articles in the American Animal Hospital Association newsletter, NEWStat, made me think there are some facts pet owners should know if they are considering the diets.

The first concern involves a new study published in Vet Record. It shows that “raw meat-based diets can pose a health threat to both pets and humans.” Research at Utrecht University in the Netherlands tested 35 frozen pet-food products from eight brands. They all contained some combination of raw meat, bones and animal byproducts from beef, duck, chicken, lamb and horse.

Looking for infectious bacteria and pathogens, they found potentially deadly E. coli bacteria in 28 products, or 80 percent, of the pet foods tested. Eight products, or 23 percent, tested positive for a virulent strain of E. coli that was implicated in a recent outbreak that killed two people and hospitalized more than 50 in the U.S. and Canada. In that particular outbreak romaine lettuce was the source of the E. coli. Another pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes, was found in 19 products, or 54 percent, of the foods.

All told, these results do confirm that zoonotic pathogens can be present in frozen raw meat-based diets. This would mean these bacteria could be a source of infection in pets and could be transmitted to their human owners if infected.

More than 9,000 miles away at the University of Melbourne’s U-Vet Werribee Animal Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, a study found dogs who consumed raw chicken meat had a 70 percent greater risk of developing a condition called polyradiculoneuritis. This is a debilitating condition similar to the human Guillain-Barre Syndrome in humans. It is also known as “coonhound paralysis” because it is associated with dogs that have been bitten by raccoons.

The cause of the disease is unknown but it is associated with a bacterium called Campylobacter. Campylobacter was 9.4 times more likely to be in stool samples collected within seven days of the dog contracting the disease. While this study is not conclusive because there is no proof that Campylobacter is the cause of polyradiculoneuritis, the increased incidence of the disease in dogs eating raw chicken shows yet another link between raw meat and bacteria.

Lead researcher of the Netherland study, Paul Overgaauw DVM Ph.D., encourages “better regulation for the origin of the raw materials and processing and better information to the pet owners about the risks.” Personal hygiene and proper handling of these products is needed to prevent outbreaks of food borne illness.

AAHA also goes on to say “many of the pathogens in raw diets can be transmitted to humans by contact with the food itself, the pet or environmental surfaces.” People at highest risk of contracting these pathogens would be the very young, old or immune-compromised.

So there you have some documented examples of concerns involving the use of raw diet and the presence and spread of pathogenic bacteria. In the end each pet owner will have to make their own educated decisions about what to feed their pet. But please keep these thoughts in mind when you are preparing your pet’s next meal.

Have a question for Dr. Johns? E-mail her at [email protected] Write to Pet Peeves, P.O. Box 2949, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549. Johns is a Niceville veterinarian.